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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Throughout the novel, Renee and Paloma discuss and grapple with the meaning of life, death, beauty, friendship and many other weighty topics. Renee and Paloma had just discovered each other and,...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 12:46 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In this quotation, a view of beauty is presented which tallies with that seen across literature for generations. Keats discusses beauty as "truth" while Shakespeare, in his sonnet cycle, repeatedly...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery, is a philosophy professor. Therefore, there is a lot of musing on philosophical questions done by primarily Renee, who identifies both...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 12:53 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The first most significant event in The Elegance of a Hedgehog (representing Rene's hidden elegance) is when Mr. Ozu moves into the apartment building of which Rene is the concierge. Mr. Ozu is a...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2011 9:57 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Thanks for all who shared their thoughts.

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 1:35 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The importance of Manuela in Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehogis that she serves as the connection between the reader and the main character of Renee (Mdme Michel). It is clear that...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2011 3:46 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I don't believe that the book explicitly states a year that the story takes place. In reading it, there was a feeling of a previous time period, but I think that was just because of the Old World...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 5:56 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Renee explains that the reason she must hide the fact that she is an autodidact and very intelligent is because "It has been written somewhere" and "It has been decreed." She states that since...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The climax of a story is defined as the turning point of the plot, or the moment of highest intensity. In Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog the moment of highest intensity occurs when...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2011 4:04 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The quote above is said by Paloma Josse, a highly-intelligent 12 year-old who thinks above her age level. In her diary, Journal of the Movement of the World, she begins the quote posted in this...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 2:11 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

There are certainly some clear stereotypes in the novel. You might be interested in the ones below. And since it has been written somewhere that concierges are old, ugly, and sour, so has it been...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 6:07 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The upper-class, classicist, cosmopolitan and uber rich Parisian society serves as the backdrop to the lives of two very intelligent, yet, very different narrators: Renee and Paloma. The society...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 8:29 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

What an interesting way to approach the theme of this book! I would say there are two ways you could broach the subject: by focusing on the movement of ignorance toward knowledge or by focusing on...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2015 5:49 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Renee and Paloma are both hedgehogs - what you see on the outside is not as fine as what is on the inside. Renee is a blue collar concierge who has the heart, soul and mind of a Renaissance...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 5:14 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This is an older question, but I see no one has answered it. I am presuming that you are beyond page 51 by now and have already answered your own question. But, if not, I will answer it. Renee and...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 4:28 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Yes, there are two protagonists in The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The Elegance of the Hedgehog was written by Muriel Barbery, a French writer and philosophy professor. The book centers around the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011 2:23 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Renee had pretty low self-esteem. This is why she hid her real self from everyone. She pretended to be a boring, dumb concierge when she really was an intelligent, vibrant, auto-didact (self-taught...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 10:30 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This part of the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog takes place when Monsieur Ozu invites Madame Michele for dinner. She does not know how she could accept leaving her post as the concierge of...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 3:13 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In Muriel Barbery's L'Élégance du Hérisson or The Elegance of the Hedgehog the two female mirror characters of Reneé and Paloma are extremely intelligent for their environments. Movement is more...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2014 5:38 pm UTC

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Renee is speaking with Manuela when she says these words. In the quote, she's referencing a memory she has of spending time with Paul Nguyen. Renee describes Paul as "strikingly handsome" and "a...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 8:05 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Ozu is a Japanese gentlemen that moves into Renee's apartment building. Renee is fascinated by Japanese art and film, and her "kindred soul" Paloma is...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010 4:24 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In the novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, the new tenant Kakura Ozu suspects the the concierge is not what she appears to be. He is suspicious when she flinches as the grammar...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 9:27 pm UTC

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Paloma says that: If I hard more time to live, Art would be my whole life To her, it is the beauty of art that gives meaning to life and is able to "elevate" life. She says that if she could find...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 7:47 am UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Paloma is pretty scathing of those of her peers who engage in what they think of as adult behavior: having sex, taking drugs, that sort of thing. She finds it all rather depressing. Once upon a...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Paloma is a some stereotypical precocious child who has decided that most people are fake and that adults are the least honest of all people. Therefore, she has decided to commit suicide in order...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 12:51 pm UTC

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This novel touches upon several themes, in my opinion; philosopy in and of itself being one of them. The story is told through the viewpoints of Renee, a French concierge, and Paloma, a young...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 11:58 pm UTC

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